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TWITTER: Virtual CPD for EDUCATION
Transcript of TWITTER: Virtual CPD for EDUCATION
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TO USE TWITTER
KEEP UP TO DATE WITH AWARDING AND MONITORING ORGANISATIONS
It may sound obvious but if you’re not following the awarding and monitoring bodies for our sector you could be missing out on key updates and useful resources. It’s also a great way to engage informally and directly with these organisations. For example:
- the independent body entrusted with monitoring and advising on standards and quality in UK higher education
– keep up to date on the latest Ofsted standards
Scottish Qualifications Authority news
- the official #Apprenticeships page
– providers of UK vocational qualifications; are you following the exam boards your students are using?
TWITTER SAVES TIME
Time is an issue for us all – but Twitter enables you to quickly browse chronologically through tweets containing less than 140 characters so you can intermittently dip in and out of snippets of information. If the time is not right, you can always revisit content when it is convenient for you to absorb.
YOU CHOOSE YOUR PATH
I’ve heard people say, “What can I possibly learn from 140 characters?” It's YOUR choice; the quality and content of tweets you receive is dependent on your choice of who to ‘follow’.
YOU are in control of the information you receive and – crucially - the people you choose to collaborate with. There are currently 302 million active users to talk to and learn from. Some of my favourite thinkers on Twitter are:
FOLLOW YOUR OWN INTERESTS AND DISCOVER OTHERS
Hashtags which look like this
pull users together by topic.
Just type the hashtag into your search box and the tagged tweets will appear. If you want your own tweets to have the most visibility, using a hashtag makes them more obvious to people interested in the topic you’re talking about, so you have the opportunity to start even more wide-ranging conversations.
Consider this to be a symbol of affection; it means that you don’t need to spend hours searching for relevant content.
Five great hashtags to follow are:
MEET AND TALK TO OTHER EDUCATORS
Some of the hashtags used on Twitter include a time and date for a synchronous meeting of minds, usually out of traditional teaching hours.
The easiest way to participate in a Twitter chat is by using a program like TweetDeck or Hoot Suite. Here are two to try:
• Join teachers and educationalists for
each Thursday between 8-9pm. Education news, resources and @UKEdSch website with @UKEdMag
is an organised but informal meeting for teachers to share good practice, innovation and personal insights in teaching with technology. Find out more or start your own on the #TeachMeet hashtag
Find out how you could use social media
for teaching, learning and CPD by
accessing Learning Wheels via Twitter
• Watch my Prezi presentation on Learning Wheels https://prezi.com/xe4osp6m9fos/learningwheel/#
• Follow me on Twitter
• Contribute your ideas to the emerging Learning Wheels in Google Docs http://bit.ly/1eqZB4Q
In my role as
Head of eLearning
at Blackburn College I have been working with
my own teams to promote the
use of Twitter and social media
in the classroom and for CPD
– for example, creating
Learning Wheels to provide
So how can
our professional standards?
How do we sustain our
‘Outstanding’ and QAA
...and furthermore step up a level to stay ahead of our game without losing
I know that
many of you
reading this will be
expert in using
Twitter for your own CPD, but I also that many
of you are still new to it or only dipping a toe in. If you’re not
yet engaged with Twitter, here
are my top five reasons to
embrace it as a career
@thinkloudclub - a group of learning technology evangelists discussing how they use it
@SirKenRobinson - an education and business leader who tweets about the value of creativity in education
@Marthalanefox – Martha is a digital champion working to bring technology issues to the heart of public policy
@JohnTomsett - John is a headteacher in York and a member of the @HeadsRoundTable
@TeacherToolkit - Ross Morrison McGill is a deputy headteacher who writes an influential blog on education; he was recently nominated for The Sunday Times #Debretts500 Most Influential People in the UK 2015
@suebecks - educational developer with a research interest in the use of social media in education
@bobharrisonset - Bob is passionate about education and the potential of technology to transform learning. 40yrs as a Teacher, Lecturer, Principal, Governor. http://www.setuk.co.uk
is populated by people talking about teacher upskilling
discusses digital literacy in students and how to best support them
are both great for ideas on online delivery
is a more general hashtag for issues related to education
our role is to facilitate
a learning experience that is interesting, current, flexible, challenging, collaborative, adaptive …and fun!
with making positive differences to others’ lives?
...but that’s why we chose this profession isn’t it?
...have a stimulating job in a subject I am passionate about
...never have two days alike
However, getting it right every day, every lesson, for every learner is tough.
With further duties to juggle on a daily basis like lesson planning,
meetings, giving feedback
there appears to be a diminishing amount of time
left for our own continuous
professional development (CPD).